CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It is with a heavy heart that I share the following tragic news.
Turns out I'm out of town for most of this week's Charleston Restaurant Week. (#devastated)
But I don't want to miss a thing, so please be sure to post, pin and tweet about all the great eats you're enjoying back in Charley West. I'll be checking The Food Guy social media channels listed at the end of this column, or you can post to "Charleston WV Restaurant Week" on Facebook or @eatlocalcwv on Twitter.
One of this week's participating restaurants is South Hills Market & Cafe, which I recently heard was now doing a daily Happy Hour with drink specials and complimentary appetizers for those sitting at the bar or front window seats.
I'm not one to pass on an offer like that, so the wife and I popped in Friday evening for cocktails and nibbles.
Amy enjoyed a nice glass of wine, while I sampled a fantastic old-fashioned with Jesse James Honey Bourbon, club soda, bitters, muddled orange, cherries and a garnish of — the piece de resistance — a crispy slice of maple soy bacon.
The blue goose martini (Grey Goose and bleu-cheese-stuffed olives) was good, too, and there were a handful of other intriguing specialty cocktails on the menu. But as good as the drinks were, they shared equal billing with two fantastic appetizers we were served.
There was a plate of three large spice-dusted crispy wontons topped with guacamole and wonderful chunks of fresh lump crab. (Chef Rich, put this gem on the menu!) We also were brought a small dish of pickled stringed rutabaga topped with large Asian-lacquered shrimp.
We couldn't stay for dinner, but the menu that night looked incredible as always.
South Hills Market & Cafe continues to be a shining star on the city's restaurant scene. If you haven't tried it out yourself, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to give it a spin.
A top-notch local restaurant offering three tasty dinner courses for just $30?
Global warming? I beg to differ.